The Hawkeyes message to Jordan Walsh sounds pretty clear.
"Iowa is more about straight-up work ethic," the 2011 Offensive Lineman said. "It doesn't matter what they're ranked or what you're ranked, they build you into a better player and it becomes a better team. I feel like I'm hard working and it's something I definitely could see myself being a part of."
The Illinois native received his first look at Iowa City last weekend when he joined the Hawkeyes for Junior Day.
"Iowa is a great place," Walsh said. "Everything is top-notch there."
The Hawkeyes haven't yet extended a scholarship offer to the Glenbard North (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) High product yet, but he felt good vibes from the coaches at junior day.
"They said they're real interested in me and they want me to come out for some spring practices to talk to players on the team and get a feel for the program," Walsh said. "They told me it's often a slow recruiting process at their school and that they offer a lot of kids during their senior year. I really don't have a choice (but to wait) and that's fine with me."
"Im basically looking for a place where I get along with the coaches as I'm going to be with them for four or five years," Walsh said. "I also want to connect with life in the area, get a great education and go to a place that prepares me for the future."
Walsh said he might study computers or engineering in college. He's just taking the recruiting process in stride.
"I'll probably go to some camps, but I'm not sure which ones," Walsh said. "I'll talk with the coaches. I'd like to attend some more junior days. I don't have a list of favorites. I'm open to everybody."
Walsh, who also wrestles and participates in track and field, missed junior day at Indiana because it occurred at the same time as the Hawkeyes' event.
"I wanted to get a look at Iowa," Walsh said. "I've been watching them for a while. They put a ton of linemen in the NFL."